The professor claimed that her private Instagram account may have been hacked, leading to the disclosure and distribution of her images.
Mumbai: As per reports, a former assistant professor at St. Xavier’s University in Kolkata claims she was forced to resign after a father claimed that he had seen his son looking at Instagram pictures of her in a bikini.
In the report, the former assistant professor Nandini Guha has claimed that the institution fired her as a result of a written complaint from the parent of a first-year male undergraduate student. The father claims in the letter that he had found his kid viewing images of the professor from the institution that were “objectionable,” “vulgar,” and “bordered on nudity.”
The allegedly drafted complaint letter by the father, named as BK Mukherjee, was also published on social media.
“Recently, I was appalled to find my son looking at some pictures of Prof. where she has posed in a sexually explicit way causing deliberate public exposure. To look at a teacher dressed in her undergarments uploading pictures on social media is utterly shameful for me as a parent, since I have tried to shield my son from this kind of gross indecency and objectification of the female body. It is obscene, vulgar and improper for a 18 year old student to see his professor dressed in scanty clothes exhibiting her body on a public platform,” the complaint reads.
On October 7, 2021, during a meeting with the vice chancellor of St. Xavier’s and other university officials, Guha said she was handed the guardian’s letter of complaint and a piece of paper with thumbnails of various images from her personal Instagram account.
She asserted that she was not told how those images were taken, whether the male student was caught looking at them, or whether they were deemed unacceptable.
Guha alleged that she was pressured to quit as she had “besmirched the reputation of the university”. However, St. Xavier’s has denied her allegations and claims the assistant professor resigned voluntarily.
Guha claimed in a police report she filed on October 24, 2021 that her private Instagram account may have been compromised, leading to the disclosure and distribution of her images. She added that the university’s treatment of her dismissal constituted to sexual harassment and intentional character assassination.
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